HELPING YOU IMPROVE YOUR LIVING SPACE. A great alternative to Newbury Architects.
Designing domestic extensions, loft conversions, new builds & internal remodeling projects.
Plans for planning and building regulations in Newbury and the Berkshire area.
I'm Philip Wadge...
...a RICS qualified and RIBA affiliate architectural designer. My Newbury based practice specialises in all types and sizes of home extension and new build projects. Your local Architectural Technician In Newbury, Berkshire. We also do building regulations for Architects in Newbury.
Do you love your home, but need more space for your growing family?
We can help you analyse your needs and offer the optimum solutions for you, even when space restrictions are tight -we never waste space!
Do you dream of an exciting contemporary space, that actually complements your existing home?
We can offer creative visions and bespoke design options; no project is ever the same!
Do you have a country house requiring a sympathetic addition and traditional detailing?
We can apply our knowledge of traditional building methods to create balanced home extensions which have character and complement your home and its local environment.
Are you looking for a healthy, uplifting, space that is soft on the natural environment?
We can provide traditional or contemporary all-timber eco-solutions that will cut your energy bills and lower your carbon footprint – oh and look great!
Do you have land for a new-build project?
Ask us our opinion on likely planning requirements in your area or specifically Newbury, Berkshire and how to get the most potential out of your land to create your ideal home.
Have you had a bad experience of designers that are not construction experts?
We offer both aesthetic and creative design solutions that are economically feasible and our detail construction plans are second to none.
Do you worry about getting the builders in?
There are good local builders out there who are efficient and provide an excellent service – we know such builders and they also recommend us!
A QUICK GUIDE THROUGH THE PROCESS
Free Consultation and Quote
I will visit you in your home to discuss your building ideas, provide you with design ideas, maybe a vision or concept, discuss ways of dealing with planning restrictions, architectural design, structural requirements etc, and answer any of your questions.
I will also be able to show you relevant examples of our work and explain further how we can help you through the process. After which I will provide you with a tailored services information pack and free quote which is broken down into phases:
Phase 1: Survey
We will undertake a detailed survey of your property and plot clear scaled floor plans and elevation drawings on our CAD software. Good information and clear drawings form the basis of our subsequent design work.
Phase 2: Collaborative Design
We will prepare proposals for you to consider, often with options. We work collaboratively with you through meetings and emails to hone an optimal design, with floor plans, design planning, elevation and other drawings for you to visualize the external appearance. We will provide printed drawings on full-size A1 paper for large scale and clarity.
Phase 3: Planning Permission
Once we have an optimised plan tailored to your satisfaction we will make the all-important planning application for you. If you have the right advice and supply the correct information, planning permission is usually a formality. More ambitious schemes or challenging sites require more thought and strategy, and this is an area where our expertise can be invaluable.
Phase 4: Building Regulations
After obtaining Planning Permission or a Certificate of Lawfulness, detailed construction plans are drawn up with large scale sections and all necessary construction details. These building ‘blueprints’ serve 3 essential purposes and it is therefore essential to be accurate and comprehensive:
1. Obtain Building Regulations approval
2. Obtain good precise quotes and form the basis for a contract with a builder
3. Enable the construction to progress smoothly without unnecessary changes, holdups or additional works created by poorly thought out plans and construction details.
Final Phase: Construction
This is now the phase where all our prior plans and work will be transformed from vision into reality!
With comprehensive clear plans in hand, you will be ready to talk to builders, and it is obviously important to find a good one. We have plenty of reliable building contractor contacts and can provide you with contact details of those best matched for your project, depending on your location, size of project and your required timescales. A good local builder, keen to further their reputation, will be able to project manage your construction works, enabling a speedy build and a high-quality finish. We will provide further advise at this stage and offer additional services if required.
SH - Property Developer
“I have worked with Philip on a number of new builds now and his attention to detail is second to none. Phillip is always great at making suggestions to enhance the schemes from a practical and aesthetic point of view. The plans he produces are very comprehensive and you will rarely have to get out your scale ruler! He is very professional and always has the time to talk things through a real pleasure to work with. Philip is firmly in my address book and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him for any size of scheme.”
Richard Giles - Home extension client
"Thanks Philip for designing our wonderful extension, it has transformed our family life: the light open interior is a joy, it’s just what we wanted. We really appreciated your ideas, explanations and approachability during the process. Our builders were also impressed with the detailed plans and were able to build without problems or additional costs. We hope to be able to recommend you in the future to anyone looking for a professional but personal service."
Joanne - Two storey side extension
“We were delighted with every aspect of our dealings with Philip. From our initial meeting he listened to our needs and came up with a plan that suited us. Excellent communication and a generally nice chap, we have no hesitation in recommending him.”
Rebecca - Detached garage with ancillary space above
"Having appointed Philip to prepare the building regs he identified a number of design and construction improvements which have really improved the build and layout. He has been professional, very knowledgeable and responsive. I would definitely use Philip on my next project."
Sarah Denness- Porch extension
"Phil is very professional and extremely efficient. He designed a beautiful modern extension for our property and also was very useful at signposting us to other experienced professionals. He has a comprehensive understanding of local planning procedures. We would recommend his services."
Architectural design for planning
Building regulations plans
Loft conversion plans
BA Hons, Architecture Studies -Newcastle University
1991 - 1994
The 3 year course taught me how to approach design from a creative and expressive perspective and how to develop a brief into a full design, including projects such as underground homes, barn conversions, leisure centre and new school buildings.
Eco-Tourism & Design in Peru
I caught the travel bug and ended up guiding wildlife tour groups in the Peruvian Rainforest, which progressed to designing, project managing new build work including an eco-tourist lodge on a remote Amazon ox-bow lake.
Post Graduate Diploma in Surveying
On returning to the UK I studied Surveying at Reading University and qualified as a Chartered RICS Building Control Surveyor.
Building Control Surveyor & Consultant Architectural Designer
2004 - 2019
Working in the West Berkshire Council Building Control department along side planning, I gained an in-depth knowledge of domestic and commercial construction techniques, procedures and permissions whilst working with Architects in Newbury. Knowledge that combined with my design background helps me to help you achieve your vision that is simpler, cheaper and more efficient to build.
As an architectural designer, with many years of experience in building design
, I have designed a variety of domestic extensions, loft conversions, new build and ancillary buildings in both town and country environments.
BADGES and awards